What Bolsonaro's COVID-19 Case Tells Us About Trump's

Source: The Atlantic - View Original Article
Published: Oct 03, 2020
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90% Conservative


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94% "Bolsonaro also never veered from his economy-first message.""
93% "Key differences remain between the two leaders, though.""
90% "When he finally tested negative, he tweeted the result with a photo of him holding a box of hydroxychloroquine pills, and then went for ..."
80% "The Brazilian public was exhausted after years of corruption scandals, economic crisis, and political turmoil -- COVID is obviously a huge public-health crisis and ..."
70% "Christian Paz is an assistant editor at The Atlantic.""
60% "Now that President Donald Trump has, like his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro months earlier, tested positive for COVID-19, a question remains: Will he, too, ..."
50% "He emphasized that his symptoms weren't serious, videoconferenced into work meetings, was active on social media during his convalescence (posting a video of himself ..."
-61% "The virus, however, made him seem vulnerable, and his popularity sagged.""
-73% "Brazil's political left remains fragmented, and moderates have been willing to work with Bolsonaro.""
-83% "In fact, rather than being in any political danger, Bolsonaro seems to be winning.""

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94% : Bolsonaro also never veered from his economy-first message.
93% : Key differences remain between the two leaders, though.
90% : He then removed his mask to smile and say, "You can see from my face that I'm well
90% : When he finally tested negative, he tweeted the result with a photo of him holding a box of hydroxychloroquine pills, and then went for a motorcycle ride.
89% : In a country whose political scene is so fractured, where people's hate for the political establishment facilitated the rise of a right-wing authoritarian, Bolsonaro's approval rating shows his remarkable staying power, Prusa told me.
87% : They've each played down the severity of their countries' outbreaks, attacked experts (including within their own government), attended large political events often without wearing masks, and hyped the unproven benefits of hydroxychloroquine.
87% : The Brazilian president had opposed shutdowns and urged people to resist local lockdowns, calling it a "crime" to impose such restrictions and accusing mayors and governors of "destroying Brazil.
86% : That tough-guy image is central to his appeal to so many supporters, who have long admired his authoritarian and anti-establishment rhetoric.
85% : And he polls ahead of the popular ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Bolsonaro's own former justice minister in 2022 presidential matchups.
84% : Donald Trump's political cousin in Brazil has followed the populist playbook to a T.
84% : Bolsonaro also had time to rehabilitate his political image.
84% : Connect Twitter
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80% : His political fortunes were, at least in the early stages of his infection and recovery, worsened by his health ministry's decision in June to stop reporting data on the country's coronavirus cases and deaths, which sparked outrage.
80% : "He took advantage of the fact that he had COVID and that he overcame it and recovered fairly quickly as a kind of vindication of his approach," Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank, told me. "
80% : The Brazilian public was exhausted after years of corruption scandals, economic crisis, and political turmoil -- "COVID is obviously a huge public-health crisis and economic crisis, but in some respects, it's just the latest crisis for Brazil," she said.
78% : Bolsonaro also moved quickly to reopen his country, and downplayed the risk of the disease even as more than 20 members of his circle came down with the virus -- after a trip to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.
78% : " Even while he was sick, he praised his government's economic priorities.
78% : We want to hear what you think about this article.
77% : The comparison has crystallized, however, during the pandemic.
74% : "Six months ago, people were talking about 'Will he last?
73% : Bolsonaro said that his symptoms included a fever, muscle pains, and exhaustion.
72% : and I'm calm."
71% : When I asked Prusa what the lesson of Bolsonaro's COVID-19 diagnosis was, she told me it "certainly didn't hurt" him politically. "
70% : He was facing real challenges in Congress and in the courts.
70% : Christian Paz is an assistant editor at The Atlantic.
69% : It's worked wonders for him.
69% : Read: The coronavirus-denial movement now has a leader Illness came as an embarrassment to Bolsonaro, a seeming indictment of his handling of the pandemic and a direct attack on his strongman persona.
67% : When Bolsonaro revealed his own diagnosis this summer, he strolled out of the presidential palace and, addressing reporters standing inches away from him, said his symptoms had been only mild because he had been taking hydroxychloroquine.
66% : Part of that economic prioritization has included direct cash payments for the poor, economic stimulus that accounts for much of his current support, Shifter told me.
65% : Will he be impeached?'
63% : He also tried to reinforce the image of being a tough guy."
63% : And now his popularity has grown; he and his presidency have stabilized," she said.
62% : Trump, by contrast, is weeks away from an election, and trailing in the polls against an angry and determined Democratic Party.
61% : "Once that program gets cut, or changed to something with smaller payments, then you could see maybe he'll be back in trouble if his popularity goes down," Anya Prusa, a senior associate at the Wilson Center's Brazil Institute, told me. "
61% : Read: The probable outcomes of Trump's diagnosis
61% : And right now that chatter has really died down."
60% : Now that President Donald Trump has, like his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro months earlier, tested positive for COVID-19, a question remains: Will he, too, manage to emerge from this health crisis not simply physically unscathed, but politically empowered?
59% : They've both resisted social distancing, lashed out against lockdowns, and compared the coronavirus to the flu.
58% : "We saved lives and jobs without creating panic ... I always maintained that the fight against the virus could not have a collateral effect worse than the virus itself," Bolsonaro tweeted, echoing Trump's own spring- and summertime message that "we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself." To some extent, that strategy worked -- Brazil has experienced a less dramatic economic contraction than its neighbors.
57% : Well before the coronavirus pandemic, analysts, critics, and journalists had likened Bolsonaro to Trump, dubbing the Brazilian leader the "Trump of the Tropics.
56% : Bolsonaro's story nevertheless illustrates that there is a political road map for Trump.
55% : He's been constrained by opponents in Congress and the Supreme Court, but his main potential rival for a second term, the former president Lula da Silva, is barred from running after two corruption convictions.
51% : Polls now show him with a nearly 40 percent approval rating, compared with 32 percent in June.
51% : A majority of Brazilians don't hold him responsible for the country's death toll.
50% : He emphasized that his symptoms weren't serious, videoconferenced into work meetings, was active on social media during his convalescence (posting a video of himself purportedly taking hydroxychloroquine), and, in the days leading up to his announcement that he had recovered, participated in the daily flag-lowering ceremony outside his official residence.
43% : Still, Bolsonaro made sure to be seen while recovering from the disease.
10% : (Unlike Bolsonaro's remarks on the coronavirus, this does mark a shift: Bolsonaro had promised to slash government spending and run a tight budget.)
42% : Much remains unclear about the severity of Trump's case, and the two countries obviously differ, but the similarities are striking.
39% : The virus, however, made him seem vulnerable, and his popularity sagged.
37% : Since being elected, Bolsonaro has even adopted Trump's "fake news" clarion call, and seems to be the only Latin American leader who has a genuinely personal relationship with the American president.
36% : For one, Bolsonaro faces no real political opposition --
35% : With 145,000 confirmed deaths, it trails only the United States, and, like the U.S., it never imposed a national lockdown.
34% : When addressing the country in March, before he was infected, he had called COVID-19 "a little flu," suggesting that with his "history as an athlete, if I were infected by the virus, I would not have to worry."
27% : The pair share a nationalist worldview, a willingness to embrace authoritarian tendencies, and a commitment to a strongman persona.
27% : He's been called "cavalier" and a "bomb thrower" during the course of the pandemic.
27% : Brazil's political left remains fragmented, and moderates have been willing to work with Bolsonaro.
25% : Brazil's response to the coronavirus has, like the United States', been roundly criticized as a failure: The country leads the region in total coronavirus infections and has racked up the third-most confirmed cases globally.
25% : But at least for now, he seems to no longer be in imminent danger."
17% : In fact, rather than being in any political danger, Bolsonaro seems to be winning.

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